Category Archives: Lobbying

White House Comments On CRS Lobbying Report

White House ethics counsel Norm Eisen published this post on the White House blog regarding the Congressional Research Service report on the lobbying restrictions adopted by the Obama Administration.

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CRS Report on Lobbying Restrictions – Update

The Congressional Research Service (“CRS”) report on the Obama Administration’s lobbying restrictions was the subject of a New York Times editorial this morning and an article in Politico.

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CRS Report on Obama Administration Lobbying Restrictions

BNA Money & Politics Reports ($) published an article discussing a new report by the Congressional Research Service examining the recent executive branch lobbying restrictions by the Obama Administration and their impact on lobbyists’ relationships with executive branch decision makers.  Accordingly … Continue reading

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Latest on the Obama Administration’s Lobbying Restrictions

The Washington Post published an article today discussing the latest lobbying restrictions by the Obama Administration and their effect on federal agency advisory boards and commissions.  The article states: The initiative is aimed at a system of advisory committees so … Continue reading

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Health Care Ad Wars

Politico reports that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent $1.6 million over the last ten days on grassroots lobbying advertisements targeting House Members who voted for the House health reform bill.  Roll Call ($) and The Hill report that outside … Continue reading

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Latest Round Between the Obama Administration and Lobbyists

The National Journal reports that lobbyists unhappy with the Obama Administration’s recent lobbying restrictions are organizing an effort to push back.

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Confusion Concerning FEC Lobbyist/Registrant PAC Rules

Roll Call ($) reports that many trade associations and other organizations employing lobbyists did not “check the box” on the revised FEC Form 1, Statement of Organization, notifying the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) of their status as a lobbyist or Lobbying … Continue reading

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Lobbyists Terminating LDA Registrations

The Hill reports on a new study disclosing that federal lobbyists are terminating their registrations at a record pace.  According to the study, over 1,400 lobbyists terminated their Lobbying Disclosure Act registrations during the second quarter of 2009.  Many observers have … Continue reading

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White House Responds to Lobbyists Concerning New Restrictions

Politico reports that the White House sent a letter to a group of lobbyists reiterating its intent to enforce the new policy prohibiting lobbyists from serving on agency advisory boards and commissions.  The lobbyists had sent a letter to the … Continue reading

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Cap And Trade And Forged Letters

National Journal published a piece on the scandal surrounding a grassroots lobbying firm that allegedly forged letters to Members of Congress opposing the cap and trade legislation.  The grassroots lobbying firm allegedly sent the letters on fake stationary falsely stating … Continue reading

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Lobbyists Frustrated With New White House Directive

CQ Politics reports that many lobbyists from small to mid-size companies and trade associations are frustrated with the new White House directive prohibiting lobbyists from serving on agency advisory boards and commissions.  Individuals seeking appointment to a board or commission … Continue reading

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Express Advocacy – News Summary

The Wall Street Journal published an interesting story regarding the political giving trends of lobbyists and PACs. The Hill has an interesting article about a deal set to take effect that gives foreign governments more say concerning how the internet … Continue reading

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White House: No Federally-Registered Lobbyists Should Be Appointed To Agency Advisory Boards And Commissions

Norm Eisen, special counsel to the President for ethics and government reform, just announced on the White House blog that they have informed executive agencies and departments that federally-registered lobbyists should not be appointed to agency advisory boards and commissions.  … Continue reading

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Disclosing Lobbyist Bundlers

The Hill published an article examining the disclosures made under the Federal Election Commission regulations requiring campaigns, leadership PACs and political party committees to disclose lobbyists who bundle above a certain amount in contributions.  The article can be found here.

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Lunch for Lobbyists

The Washington Post profiles the new “in” restaurant for lunch in Washington, D.C. for lobbyist and other political professionals.  The article can be found here.

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